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It’s Time to Prouty!

Join us for northern New England's largest and best fundraiser—and help out the Cancer Center at the same time.

Celebrating its 31st year, The Prouty Bike, Walk, Row Against Cancer event offers its 5,000+ participants and 1,100 volunteers a way to make a difference in the fight against cancer while doing something good for themselves.

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Riders in the Prouty Ultimate take a break from riding 200 miles in two days to support Norris Cotton Cancer Center.

The long-standing community event, which raised more than $2.5 million in 2011, will take place this year on Friday and Saturday, July 13 and 14, at the Richmond Middle School in Hanover, NH.

The Prouty was started by four nurses in honor of their patient, Audrey Prouty. The year Audrey died, 1982, the four women vowed to cycle a 100 miles through the White Mountains to raise money and awareness for cancer research. They raised $4,000. After the first two years, they moved the ride to the Connecticut River Valley where it has been located ever since. It has grown to become the largest fundraising event in northern New England, and benefits cancer research and patient and family support services at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center.

“The Prouty has not only become a well-established community tradition, it’s a community itself that grows every year,” says Jean Brown, Prouty Event Director and head of Friends of Norris Cotton Cancer Center. “And as fun as the day is with all the camaraderie, athleticism, food, music and friends, The Prouty remains above all a way to remember and honor the courage, the challenges, and sadness that accompanies those touched by cancer. At its heart, The Prouty brings people together to DO something, to take action at a time when feelings of helplessness and frustration are pervasive.”

“The Prouty has grown phenomenally over 31 years because good people care enough to get involved,” comments Cancer Center Director Mark Israel, MD. “The Prouty spirit generates a real energy that inspires all of us to push harder in the fight to beat cancer. It shines in the faces of every one of the thousands of participants who join us against cancer to make life better for everyone.”

Anyone can participate

All levels of athletes and non-athletes are encouraged to participate through a wide selection of outdoor activities.  People can cycle a 20-, 35-, 50-, or 100-mile route along the banks of the Connecticut River and through the scenic New Hampshire and Vermont countryside. Cyclists can even do the inspiring two-day, 200-mile bike route called the Prouty Ultimate, which begins in Manchester, NH, on Friday July 13 and finishes with the Prouty Century on Saturday.

Non-cyclists have just as many options. New at last year’s Prouty and featured once again this year is Audrey’s Walk, a 3k route around Occom Pond in Hanover that is ideal for families or people who prefer a shorter distance. There are other easy walks through the town of Hanover at 5k and 10k distances. For those who like a walk in the woods, there are 5k and 10k routes through the environs of Storrs Pond and Oak Hill. Walkers who like a challenge are invited to put distances together (all routes stop and start at Richmond Middle School) for even longer 15k and 20k routes.

Also new last year and featured again this year is Row The Prouty in sculls and sweeps on the beautiful Connecticut River. The rowing event represents the Prouty’s first off-land athletic event. A person can also choose to be a virtual participant—where one does their chosen event on a different day, or even in a different place, or perhaps, due to personal circumstances, not at all.  All virtuals raising their $100 minimum get a Prouty T-shirt.

Volunteering for the Prouty volunteers!

Every year there is a great need for volunteers, as it takes more than 1,000 helpers to put on an event of this size—and this year is no exception. There are opportunities to help before, during and after The Prouty both on-site and along the routes at SAG (stop and go) rest areas. More information about volunteering is available here.

The Prouty is a fundraiser, and people are asked to raise a minimum amount of money to participate. Minimums range from $50 for teens, $150 for adults, $275 for families and $2,500 for Prouty Ultimate riders. Information about minimums, training, nutrition, routes, prizes and registration—for participants, volunteers, and virtuals - is online at The Prouty. People can donate to their friends and families via credit card on the website, too.

Over the years, The Prouty has raised more than $14.5M to support cancer research and patient services at Norris Cotton Cancer Center, the only National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center in northern New England. There are now 17 locations (including centers in Lebanon, Keene, Manchester, and Nashua, NH, and St. Johnsbury, VT) where people can receive the specialized care offered by this local yet world-class cancer center. More information about regional and outreach locations can be found at cancer.dartmouth.edu.

July 05, 2012